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January 14, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

You visited this blog because you care about important issues, such as peace, climate, economics, democracy, social justice, human rights, or ___________. YOU can make MUCH MORE PROGRESS on important issues by strengthening your skills in organizing nonviolent grassroots movements! Let’s set smart goals and devise smart strategies.  Let’s reach out to the public more effectively than we have been doing.  Let’s devise ways to be more effective in how we nonviolently push the people who have the official power to serve the broad public interest. ALL OF US — new people, experienced organizers, and everybody in between — can […]

The American people want peace, but Biden seems likely to continue excessive militarism and stupid wars

December 15, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

This article says the Pentagon budget is too huge. It urges Biden to cut it:  https://www.juancole.com/2020/11/pentagon-couldnt-pandemic.html   If President Biden is Smart, He’ll End America’s Forever Wars and Pour the Money into Jobs at Home:  https://www.juancole.com/2020/11/president-americas-forever.html   Joe Biden plans to appoint a board member of a giant military weapons manufacturer to be Secretary of Defense!  Biden, who has a long history as a supporter of wars and big business, is reportedly planning to appoint a member of one of the U.S.’s biggest corporations manufacturing military weapons to be Secretary of Defense.  We need to “drain the swamp,” not make it swampier, as Trump […]

Let’s recognize November 11’s original meaning as ARMISTICE DAY, a day of peace

November 20, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

November 11 became a holiday because it was the day when World War I ended in 1918 with an armistice.  It was called “Armistice Day,” a holiday DEDICATED TO SUPPORTING PEACE. Later it got hijacked into a day to CELEBRATE WAR in the guise of celebrating military veterans.  But the subtext is really intended to glorify war. It’s OK to recognize veterans, but the emphasis on people who have worked in the military seems disproportionate, when many other kinds of workers — health care workers, teachers, artists, social service workers, etc. — do useful work and deserve appreciation too. My brother […]

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November 6, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

How are the issues YOU care about doing nowadays? Many people feel frustrated that peace, social and economic justice, the environment and climate, and other vital goals are left behind by “politics-as-usual.” When “the system” keeps failing to solve the real problems, YOU can work with other people to ORGANIZE NONVIOLENT GRASSROOTS MOVEMENTS to make progress on issues YOU care about! Sign up now for 6 FREE online workshops to empower you and provide insights, strategies and resources to help you win! Governments, big businesses, mainstream media, and other entrenched entities will do what we want ONLY WHEN a strong nonviolent […]

How to protect students from military recruiters

September 18, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

Military recruiters AGGRESSIVELY target students. Most high schools ROUTINELY give military recruiters the names, addresses and phone numbers of the schools’ students. If you are a student — or know someone who is — you can “OPT OUT” of this invasion of privacy. Print out this form, fill it out, and turn it in to your school: Opt Out from Military Recruiters — 11-inch form    

My personal experience with military draft and my religious basis for Conscientious Objection

July 30, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

Since the 1960s I have devoted all of my adult life to working for peace, nonviolence, social justice, and related issues.  Sometimes people ask me how I started in this.  Here is a bit of information about my spiritual and ethical grounding for peace. I grew up in a mainstream Lutheran church.  Although it taught the usual middle-of-the-road theology, I recognized that underneath was the very radical message of Jesus and his early followers.  Jesus and his early followers were promoting a new society that would be radically nonviolent, radically inclusive, and radically egalitarian.  Mainstream theology missed this larger, more […]

U.S. gov’t official body urges REQUIRING WOMEN to REGISTER FOR MILITARY DRAFT!

May 1, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

In January 2020 — and previously — I had reported that the U.S. government was seriously studying what to do about the military draft.  Here is my blog post from January 2020:  http://parallaxperspectives.org/tell-congress-to-abolish-the-agency-that-runs-the-military-draft  You can see my blog’s category for posts about military service to see the previous posts. On March 25, 2020, the National Commission on the Military, National and Public Service has ended its three years of effort and produce an official report that recommends REQUIRING WOMEN TO REGISTER FOR THE MILITARY DRAFT. Draft inductions ended in 1973.  Draft registration ended in 1975, but President Jimmy Carter brought […]

Watch this informative, insightful interview about Iran and U.S. foreign policy

February 23, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

Olympia’s Veterans for Peace chapter (#109, the Rachel Corrie Chapter — https://veteransforpeace109.org) has a TV series on Thurston Community Television (Thurston Community Media, www.tcmedia.org) that provides interesting information for veterans and everybody else.  Each episode airs THREE TIMES A WEEK:  MON 5:00 pm, THURS 8:00 pm, and SAT 2:00 pm. The TV program’s episode that is starting in late February 2020 focuses on Iran and related aspects of U.S. foreign policy.  Mark Fleming interviews Peter Bohmer and Glen Anderson. Mark provides background information since the early 1900s that lays out the context for what has happened from 1953 through the present time. […]

To reduce gun violence, the U.S. must STOP THE WARS and CREATE A NONVIOLENT FOREIGN POLICY!

January 19, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

Overwhelmingly huge percentages of the American people support various proposals for reducing gun violence (background checks, denying guns to domestic violence abusers, banning assault weapons, etc.). Several nationwide, statewide and local groups keep promoting these worthy proposals.  I support them. But they are OVERLOOKING THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM! The U.S.’s VIOLENT, MILITARISTIC FOREIGN POLICY assumes that shooting people solves problems!  Our federal government spends BILLIONS OF OUR TAX DOLLARS to promote that mistaken notion.  The federal government SETS A BAD EXAMPLE for ordinary people who follow the government’s bad example that SHOOTING PEOPLE would solve their problems! If the […]

Tell Congress to ABOLISH the agency that runs the military draft

January 8, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

The U.S. law creating the military draft was passed in 1940.  It has oppressed generations of young Americans.  Now we have the opportunity to REPEAL THE LAW and abolish the Selective Service System, the federal agency that runs the military draft. In April 2019 I posted to my blog this information:  http://parallaxperspectives.org/urgent-tell-the-u-s-govt-to-stop-draft-registration The government accepted public comments until September 30, 2019.  Here is some information about that.  The U.S. National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service invited comments.  Many people made points such as these: 1. Stop requiring men to register for the draft. 2. Do not extend that […]

The U.S. has many monuments glorifying veterans and war. We need just as many supporting peace and peace organizers.

December 29, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

A society creates special places and builds statues to express what it values.  The U.S. has many monuments glorifying militarism, so it’s obvious that the U.S. clearly values war. We would be a better society if we were to honor peace — and the courageous peace organizers who have sacrificed much (sometimes their lives) in order to resist war and create a nonviolent world. See this article:  https://beyondnuclearinternational.org/2019/12/08/where-are-the-national-anti-war-monuments/        

On Christmas Day 1914, British & German soldiers practiced PEACE during World War I

December 24, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Some people know this story, but many people do not. It is indeed possible for soldiers fighting a brutal war to STOP — AND PRACTICE PEACE — even for one day.  On Christmas Day, 1914, British and German soldiers fighting brutal trench warfare during World War I stopped, laid down their weapons, got out of their trenches, and joined together face-to-face to enjoy human solidarity. If they can do it for one day, why can’t we do that EVERY day — and STOP WAR ALTOGETHER?     Read this article:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_truce   I RECOMMEND THIS SONG VERY HIGHLY!!!  “Christmas in […]